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Petaluma Coonawarra Cabernet Merlot

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

Petaluma remains one of the true icons of the Adelaide Hills and this wine blends the best Cabernet and Merlot from Coonawarra to produce a wine that draws on the best of the varieties. We look forward to this release with feverish anticipation. It’s loaded with blackcurrant, and red fruits, as well as complexing oak characters. The palate shows all that is great about the blend, vivid cassis and redcurrant before a poised and wonderfully weighted palate with great concentration and tannins. A perfect candidate for the cellar or the ideal wine for roast lamb.

Winemaker's Notes

A deep brooding, dense rich dry red. Ripe plums and black currant aromas and flavours are backed up with subtle delicate oak. The palate is full, luscious and rich with loads of black fruits and cedar oak. Abundant tannins and sweet fruit, typical of low crop Merlot frame the finish.

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Petaluma Coonawarra Cabernet Merlot

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Very good hue, but somewhat light; a Cabernet Sauvignon/ Merlot/Shiraz blend; has plenty of character, with red fruits and cedar first up, then darker berry characters with savoury/earthy tannins, cedary oak coming again on the finish.
2020
Australian Wine Companion 2012
94
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
Petaluma's famous Coonawarra blend has moved to a heavier bottle - a strange decision given the environmental mood of the times. The price has jumped too. The wine is still brilliant, though. Fabulous wine - concentration and deliciousness and terrific length. Violets, blackcurrant and blackberry with oak that tastes of espresso and vanilla. Has density without weight and excellent flavour. In the mould of the 2005. Top-end wine, no question.
2017-2027
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10
96
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Steeped in palate-staining flavours of cassis, mulberries, dark plums and cherries, this smooth, elegant and seamless cabernet blend reveals a dusty, slightly leafy aspect. With its layers of concentrated fruit and smoky, roast walnut/chocolate oak supported by fine, grainy tannins, it finishes long and finely balanced, with a lingering impression of blueberries and dark cherries. Very stylish and measured.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
95
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says
Petaluma's famous Coonawarra blend has moved to a heavier bottle - a strange decision given the environmental mood of the times. The price has jumped too. The wine is still brilliant, though. This is a more elegant, less concentrated wine than the previous two vintages, though it is no less complete. It has fine ribs of tannin, classic curranty flesh, in-built complexity and a long, graceful finish. Pure, unexaggerated beauty in the glass.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
94
Nick Stock (2005 Vintage) says
This is a class act, smelling warm, soft and decidedly claret-like. Bright musky oak helps lift cabernet's purple florals, berries and merlot's blue fruits. It layers up nicely across the palate, flavours follow aromas; the tannins are supple and run in fine lines that stretch the length of the palate. Already settled and, cork willing, set to age with grace.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
95
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
These two releases are as good as any Petaluma reds released over the past twenty-five years. 2005 RELEASE This went within a whisker of taking out the Cabernet of the Year Award. It's an elegant wine but a fantastic one, with dark, olive-like, ripe blackcurrant flavours massaging the palate with both flavour and super-smooth texture. There's malty, spicy oak here too, but the fruit flavours have almost entirely eaten them up - often the best sign of a wine's quality. Captivating, DRINK 2013-2023.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
96
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2005 Vintage) says
Elegant, curranty, fantastic.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
96
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Typical of many of Australia's leading 2004 red wines, this is a very finely balanced, natural and effortless long-term cabernet blend very reminiscent of its stylish and beautifully harmonious predecessor from 1991. Its heady perfume of violets, cassis and dark plums, lightly toasty mocha/cedar/vanilla oak precedes a classically tight and finely integrated palate whose deep fruit qualities are perfectly married with oak and firm tannins.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
97
Campbell Mattinson (2004 Vintage) says
These two releases are as good as any Petaluma reds released over the past twenty-five years. 2004 RELEASE Loaded with flavours of cassis, cherries, wood smoke, cedar, malt and loam. It has richness, tannin structure, and savouriness. Great. DRINK 2012-2025.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
96
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2004 Vintage) says
Rich, tannic, great.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
96
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
Very classy, structured red of typical strength and longevity. Its bright, slightly confectionary aromas of mulberries, raspberries, plums and cassis integrate tightly with sweetly scented chocolate oak. Firm and almost sinewy, the palate of rich plum-like fruit reveals a faint suggestion of pruney, stewed fruit, but is essentially long, firm and complete, supported by sweet vanilla oak and assertive tannins.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
95
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
An acknowledged classic, created with a clear but different vision to most top-end Coonawarra reds. Vivid purple-red, the bouquet is satin smooth, with perfectly integrated red currant/cassis fruit and French oak, the supple, round, medium-bodied palate again showing impeccable balance and integration of fruit and oak. Iron glove, velvet fist.
2005-2020
Australian Wine Companion 2004
95
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (1998 Vintage) says
Shy nose, great palate.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
94

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